Yulo wins floor gold at Melbourne World Cup

DOHA (QAT) AGU Office: Following his outstanding performance at the FIG Artistic World Championships here last October, Carlos Yulo of the Philippines picked up a gold in the men’s floor final at the FIG World Cup in Melbourne (AUS) on Saturday.

Finishing third in the qualifying round, Yulo – who turned 19 on February 16 – was in his elements to grab his maiden gold in a World Cup as a senior.

He posted 14.566 points to beat Japan’s Hibiki Arayashiki, Spain’s Rayderley Zapata and Great Britain’s Dominick Cunningham, who all finished with 14.500 points.

Arayashiki finished second while Zapata and Cunningham settled for the bronze.

Yulo had become his country’s first medal-winner and male Southeast Asian gymnast to win a medal at the Worlds in the Qatari capital in 2018.

This year, he plans to accumulate as much points in different World Cups in order to earn a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Fondly called “Caloy” by his peers, the Filipino developed an interest in the sport at a young age and trained in Japan to hone his skill.

Though he failed to do anything worthwhile at the 18th Asian Games, Yulo came up with a sterling performance at the Aspire Dome during the Worlds.